Makes a heck of a mess in the kitchen but my favorite right now (and of last year) is still the AIP Pear Caramel Pie, page 300 in The Auto Immune Paleo Cookbook . Satisfying a sweet tooth with none of the forbidden foods within the recipe is not to be sniffed at! I recently related …Continue reading "Fruitful Letters."
Skylines and contrasts of light intrigue me. I find stories and parallels there. Like this one. The grey of autoimmune disease and daunting black of chronic pain are illuminated by the hopeful brightness beyond the clouds. That’s where I place my eternal hope. In the One who IS light itself. Also I am indebted to …Continue reading "Cooperate With Your Healing. Take two."
“A journey begins with a single step. 9,200 steps show on my Fitbit at dusk last night so I made progress! That’ll be one of the mottos I repeat to myself over the next 12 months: “progress not perfection” in my fitness quest. ” -Jessica, April 17, 2016 at fitnessquestmama.wordpress.com How appropriate! One year …Continue reading "Happy Anniversary!"
The fact that any food is gluten-free has totally lost significance. Let me break it down like an equation for you. X + Y = Z therefore Jessica + Grain = Pain Through the thickets of autoimmune disease I’m finding this out. If I’m jonesin’ for joint hurt then I should definitely eat bread, pasta, oats, or pancakes (even if …Continue reading "Listen to your body."
As a young person, my mom and I sat on the couch in her “good room” where absolutely no toys were allowed –through the entrance that she only used for guests- and she taught me a few simple stitches of crochet. There I watched Mom work on a blanket, and she would pause to demonstrate loops …Continue reading "Broomstick lace for a happy place"
Hello. And happy day-after Thanksgiving to you. I have a lot to be grateful for. Simple joys that make the heart full: God, my husband, children, a house, food on the table, and a warm bed to sleep in. But, sit at my table with me, have a hot cup of tea and talk for a …Continue reading "Shock & awe"
Good morning everyone, or good day, as it were. Did I mention I’ve been watching British comedies? I have recently enjoyed a local playhouse’s live theatrical production where the actors employed a British accent as well. Shout-out to all the Mousetrap players! Right, moving along… if you are looking to adopt a Paleo lifestyle, or …Continue reading "Rice replacement. Endocrinologist replacement?"
Watching a British comedy sitcom and drinking PG Tips English Breakfast tea this morning, I begin to think in a British accent. Brilliant, yeah? Sort of how I started thinking in Spanish in the Dominican Republic as a triage translator for the missionary doctors & nurses. What’s disrupting my psuedo-British misty morning is this “hold music” on the phone-line to my …Continue reading "Shake hands with your doctor."
It creeps and crawls. It slowly chokes me. This anxiety. Especially when I’m alone. In somebody’s company, however, I am pleasantly distracted and feel uplifted. There is a clear reason why I feel this way: a prescription adjustment. Four weeks ago a very tangible shift occurred after my doctor switched me from 125 to …Continue reading "Morning pages"
There was no time left to make myself a complicated breakfast. The black tea, steaming hot and steeping, would soon be ready for coconut milk and honey. I made my family baked gluten-free oatmeal from a recipe I still adore and they all love. Since my dad was visiting, I just wanted to focus on …Continue reading "Pause on the Prosciutto"